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  • Mass. Knights install new state officers

    DORCHESTER -- New state officers stepped into their roles in the Massachusetts State Council of the Knights of Columbus at an installation Mass at St. Ann Church in Dorchester, Sept. 7. State Chaplain Bishop Robert Hennessey celebrated the installation Mass.

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  • Historic day at historic place

    In a holy place where the mortal remains of pioneer priests of the archdiocese are buried beneath its floor, the chapel of St. Augustine in the cemetery of the same name in South Boston was the site of an ordination of deacons.

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  • Local Grey Nuns select new leadership

    After discernment and sharing with each other and with Congregational Leader Sister Jacqueline St. Yves, SGM, the Sisters of Charity of Montreal (more widely known as the "Grey Nuns") are happy to announce that Sister Jeanne Poor, SGM has been appointed Coordinator for the sisters of St. Joseph Area, for a three year mandate effective Aug. 15, 2014. This is a second call to leadership for Sister Jeanne, who previously had a very fruitful double mandate in that position from 2001 to 2008.

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  • Local students named National Merit Scholarship semifinalists

    BRAINTREE -- Nine students from schools in the Archdiocese of Boston were announced, Sept. 10, as National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalists. The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships begun in 1955. High school students enter the National Merit Program, run by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, by taking the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) or National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and by meeting published program entry and participation requirements.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    Last Thursday, (8/28) I was visited by Jeff Robbins and Robert Trestan, who are president of the board and the executive director of the New England Anti-Defamation League. Also with us was Father David Michael of our Office of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs. We meet periodically, and at this meeting we spoke about a number of current events including a recent rise in anti-Semitic acts, particularly in Europe but also in our local area. People seem to be targeting the Jewish community to express their disapproval of what they see happening in the Middle East. Going forward, we are working to bring together a group of local religious leaders to assess the wellbeing and mutual concerns of the different faith communities they represent.

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  • Training helps Catholic school nurses prepare for new year

    BRAINTREE -- Nurses duties generally pertain to student issues of health and wellbeing day-to-day, but sharing information can also play a key part in the role. School nurses at a professional development program offered by the Catholic Schools Office and Northeastern University's School Health Institute at the Pastoral Center in Braintree, Aug. 21, had an opportunity to network, discuss and collaborate as presenters demonstrated resources available online to help do the job of keeping students healthy.

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  • Mass celebrates 'Dignity of Labor'

    SOUTH BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston showed support for the rights of workers in the context of recent upheavals, Aug. 30, as workers gathered for Mass at a chapel famous for serving workers on the South Boston waterfront.

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  • Special collection to benefit Christians in the Middle East

    BRAINTREE -- Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley approved a special collection to benefit Christians suffering in the Middle East, the Archdiocese of Boston announced Sept. 3. "Cardinal Seán has authorized a special collection, to be taken the weekend of September 13-14 in all parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston, to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support for our affected brothers and sisters in the Middle East," Special Assistant to the Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia Father Bryan K. Parrish said in a letter to all priests of the archdiocese.

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  • Labor Day Mass to support local workers

    BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston will celebrate a Mass of solidarity with janitors who up until recently faced layoffs at the hands of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, Aug. 30, at Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel in South Boston.

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  • Pilot launches 'Echoes' online opinion portal

    BRAINTREE -- This week, The Pilot launched a preview of a new online portal to present varied takes on current issues and events from a Catholic perspective. The new portal, called Echoes, puts all of The Pilot's opinion, analysis and editorial content in one place, providing content beyond what is available in the printed edition, at Echoes.TheBostonPilot.com.

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  • Two schools receive $100K Catholic Schools Foundation Prize Grant

    BOSTON -- The Catholic Schools Foundation (CSF) has announced that it will award a shared $100,000 grant to Trinity Catholic Academy in Brockton and Blessed Sacrament School in Walpole designed to help the schools collaboratively plan and launch a new, innovative curriculum. The funding will allow the schools to enhance the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum with key lessons from religion and the arts.

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  • Father Robert Labrie and Father Richard Casey named senior priests

    Two priests, veterans of multifaceted ministries over their restive years of ordination have been granted senior priest/retirement status by Cardinal O'Malley. Father Robert G. Labrie A Peabody native, Father Labrie attended the archdiocesan seminaries at Jamaica Plain and Brighton and was ordained by Cardinal Cushing at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Feb. 3, 1964.

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  • Father James Achadinha pastor in Gloucester

    The announcement of the collaborative in Cape Ann, which consists of two Gloucester parishes, but serves that city and neighboring Rockport as well was not a surprise to parishioners. They had been well prepared for it by the previous pastors and assigned priests.

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  • Boston Catholics pray for Iraqi Christians, ready to help

    BOSTON -- The Archdiocese of Boston rallied to offer prayers at a Mass of solidarity with the Iraqi Community of Boston at Mary Immaculate of Lourdes Parish in Newton Aug. 16, and earlier that day Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley sat down with a group of local Iraqi Christians to get their perspective on violence impacting their Christian friends and relatives in their homeland.

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  • Perpetual Adoration in Boston marks fifth anniversary at St. Clement's

    BACK BAY -- Keeping a shrine open for perpetual adoration requires more than a monstrance and an open door, it requires dedicated people. With a Holy Hour and a Mass on the Feast of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary at St. Clement Shrine in Back Bay Aug. 15, the Oblates of the Virgin Mary who staff the shrine, celebrated five years of providing round-the-clock Eucharistic adoration to the local community.

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  • Father Richard DeVeer granted senior priest status

    A priest of the archdiocese since his ordination on Feb. 10, 1965, Father Richard S. DeVeer was granted senior priest/retirement status on June 1, 2014. A Medford native who grew up in St. James Parish he studied in the archdiocesan seminaries at Cardinal O'Connell in Jamaica Plain and St. John, Brighton. Following his ordination at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross by Richard Cardinal Cushing he received the first of the many parish assignments he would have over the following years -- as assistant at St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Westford.

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  • CatholicTV announces change in daily Mass broadcast

    WATERTOWN -- Beginning on Labor Day, the CatholicTV Network will no longer broadcast the Mass on Boston's ION Network Monday through Thursday. CatholicTV will continue to broadcast the Mass on all other current carriers and online.

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  • From Cardinal Seán's blog

    We are very pleased that Pilot reporter Christopher Pineo has received the Archbishop O'Meara Award from the Pontifical Mission Societies. The Pontifical Mission Societies (the most well-known of which is the Society for the Propagation of the Faith) gives the award each year to recognize excellent coverage related to the missions in the Catholic press. Chris won the award for his story about youngsters from Plymouth running a lemonade stand to raise money for the Missionary Childhood Association. Father Rodney Copp and Maureen Heil of our local Pontifical Mission Societies office were present for the official presentation of the award in my office Wednesday afternoon. The Pilot has always been a very important instrument for raising mission awareness so, it seemed very fitting that there should be a recognition of the good work that is being done there to help people grow in their knowledge and commitment to the Church's mission "ad gentes," to the peoples.

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